The charges against 18-year-old Kaitlyn Hunt will not be dropped in the case of her same-sex relations with a 14-year-old peer, according to a Florida state attorney.
The two students at Sebastian River High School in Sebastian, Fla. were thrust into the national spotlight after Hunt was brought up on two counts of “lewd and lascivious battery of a child 12 to 16 years of age as a result of the relationship.”
Dating back to February when the case began, Steven Hunt stated his daughter’s relationship with her partner “was consensual” and the 14-year-old’s parents “went to the police because they blamed Kaitlyn for their child’s homosexuality.” The two students engaged in a relationship when Hunt was 17 but was charged with child abuse when she legally became an adult.
Other followers of the case deem the situation a gay rights issue. “Free Kate” petitions to drop the charges against Kaitlyn have been created on Facebook.
If found guilty, Hunt can face up to 15 years in prison and be mandated to register as a sex offender. Should she accept “a plea agreement,” WTSP reports that she will face two years of house arrest and a year of probation.
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